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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
A young woman and a man, both dressed formally, sit at a table with an electronic device in front of them. The woman is engaging with the device, which has several buttons and dials, while the man observes attentively. The setting appears to be an office or classroom. The image is in black and white.
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Technology and the self

Tomorrow people

For the entire 20th century, it had felt like telepathy was just around the corner. Why is that especially true now?

Roger Luckhurst

A person and a dog look out from a window of a blue house during snowfall. The house has an external staircase covered with snow on the left, and a snow-covered porch on the right. The scene is set on a snowy day, with visible accumulation on the ground and surfaces.
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Technology and the self

In the town once named Asbestos, locals ponder the voids industry left in its wake

16 minutes

Illustration of a person sitting in a room with a bed and various objects. The background is pink, and the objects include a lamp, books, clock, plants, lava lamp, slippers, and a small ball. The person appears to be drawn in a simple, sketch-like style.
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Sex and sexuality

After a sextortion scam, Eugene conducts an unblushing survey of masturbation

14 minutes

Close-up of a woman with blonde hair and a nose ring. She has a serious expression. The background is a foggy landscape with soft pink and grey tones.
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Technology and the self

A deepfake porn victim confronts the pain of having her likeness stolen and vandalised

19 minutes

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Consciousness and altered states

A reader’s guide to microdosing

How to use small doses of psychedelics to lift your mood, enhance your focus, and fire your creativity

Tunde Aideyan

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Work

Does capitalism make ‘non-playable characters’ of us all? An uncanny exploration

21 minutes

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Technology and the self

A ‘virtual outing’ on Google Maps reveals a treasured image from Diego’s past

6 minutes

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Technology and the self

An artist swaps her head with everyday objects in a musing on consumerism

4 minutes

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Subcultures

Of memes and magick

Bending a mysterious world to your will was the goal of esoteric practices. Now it’s the unashamed aim of the tech titans

Tara Isabella Burton

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Computing and artificial intelligence

Struggling to learn how to do a backflip, Nikita takes on an unusual training regimen

12 minutes

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Film and visual culture

The truth of photographs

It’s often said that a successful picture ‘captures the essence’ of a subject. But a great photograph does so much more

Daniel Star

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Technology and the self

Why we should worry less about ‘sentient’ AIs and more about what we’re teaching them

16 minutes

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Technology and the self

Greetings from Green Bank – the small town where modern technology is banned

10 minutes

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History of technology

The long-awaited arrival of TV to Shetland sparks debate in this vintage clip

9 minutes

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Politics and government

‘Without a poster, you don’t exist!’ – on the curious political banners of Mumbai

20 minutes

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History of technology

We’ve always been distracted

Worried that technology is ‘breaking your brain’? Fears about attention spans and focus are as old as writing itself

Joe Stadolnik

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The future

What’s the healthiest way to handle a creeping feeling that the world is ending?

15 minutes

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Social psychology

Social contagions can cause genuine illness, and TikTok may be a superspreader

10 minutes

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Technology and the self

One woman prepares for the risky solitude of Georgia O’Keeffe’s American West

8 minutes

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Work

Catch those idle moments of connection between coworkers on a smoke break

10 minutes

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Technology and the self

Adaptive technologies have helped Stephen Hawking, and many more, find their voice

5 minutes

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Values and beliefs

How a God-fearing Jewish woman found atheism – and bacon – in her later years

9 minutes

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Technology and the self

Help! Brain overload

As tasks mount up, our brain’s ability to juggle goes down. Neuroergonomic tactics can relieve the cognitive burden

Emily Willingham

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Gender and identity

How the spy-cam epidemic in South Korea affects the women who are its victims

35 minutes